Rat Pack: A Time Before Rollercoasters and Volcanos
Eisemann Center for Performing Arts
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2351 Performance Dr.
Richardson, TX 75082
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(and one hour prior to curtain)
By Kevin Barber
1960’s Las Vegas saw the arrival of director Lewis Milestone and a star-studded cast to complete shooting the heist film, “Ocean’s 11.” Its principal stars, Frank, Sammy and Dean were on the set by day, and playing the showrooms at night.... often crashing the other’s acts until dawn.
The Sands marquee read, DEAN MARTIN - MAYBE SAMMY - MAYBE FRANK
Las Vegas was flush with the world’s finest entertainers and Frank, Sammy and Dean were the main event. The scene became legend.
The memory of those times is indelible and the impact they had on American culture,entertainment and style continues to influence and inspire. But you won’t find any famous marquees or Copa Room stage to snap a quick selfie. Only a few plaques commemorating the spots where kings once played are all that remain. By and by the legendary showrooms have been imploded and replaced with roller coasters and mega resorts.
Today, thanks to tributes shows, our favorite legends take to the stage and perform once again. On Sunday, March 8, Diamond Horseshoe Productions of Las Vegas, returns for their sixth engagement at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, to present one of their finest shows yet,“Direct from Las Vegas, the Rat Pack.” The cast members are three of Las Vegas’ most in-demand entertainers, Andy DiMino, Lambus Dean and Robbie Howard. They’ve logged thousands of performances in the top, most successful tribute shows, held years long Las Vegas strip residencies and played venues across the nation and worldwide.
Andy DiMino bears a remarkable resemblance and is a natural when it comes to portraying Dean Martin. As a child, DiMino watched the “Dean Martin Variety Show” weekly. Today, his credits are extensive with thousands of performances and appearances as Dean Martin, including a comedy sketch with Jay Leno on the “Tonight Show.”
His love of music and a flair for singing and comedic stage performance, DiMino brings “Ol’ Red Eyes” to life in a way that would make Frank jealous.
The San Francisco Chronicle pens, “Andy DiMino is a brilliantly conceived, uncanny, total embodiment of Martin.”
Sammy Davis Jr. springs to life through Lambus Dean. Growing up as one of eight boys and three girls, he knew he was destined to be part of an exciting group and has found a second family among the tribute stars of Las Vegas.
In 2001 he began performing as the legendary Sammy Davis Jr. and played Las Vegas show rooms at the Riviera, Tropicana and Westward Ho. He’s enjoyed portraying Sammy in numerous Rat Pack, as well as other popular tribute shows in the U.S. and abroad.
Capturing the essence of Frank Sinatra, Robbie Howard stands apart from a look-a-like or sound-a-like entertainer. He works the audience with the same charisma as “Old Blue Eyes” himself. The music, the comedy, the wit, the smile, are all there as Howard smoothly brings Sinatra back to life.
A Las Vegas headliner in sold-out shows for more than ten years, Robbie offers a refreshing take beyond the lights and flash of entertainment fads. The New York Times says, “Frank
Sinatra is coolly, confidently embodied by Robbie Howard, whose musical intonations and phrasing nicely evokes ‘Old Blue Eyes.’”
“Direct From Las Vegas, the Rat Pack” celebrates the iconic songs and banter along with the spontaneity that made the Rat Pack legendary.
Owned and operated by husband and wife team, Debra and Kevin Barber, Diamond Horseshoe Productions presents the best of Las Vegas entertainment all across the country.
“We adore Richardson.” Says Debra Barber. “From the amazing audiences, to the musicians, vendors and the entire Eisemann staff, it is a joy to be here.”
“We bring the professional shows we love and what we believe the Eisemann Center patrons, volunteers and staff will love too." Kevin says. "We strive to stand apart by bringing a show that will captivate an audience and exceed expectations."
Asked about “Direct from Las Vegas, the Rat Pack” show, Kevin smiles, “I’ve seen the show a lot and love it just as much every single time.”
The Sands Copa Room of the 1960s may be long gone, but fortunately, fans and newcomers alike can find its spirit living and breathing on stages across the globe - and coming March 8, right here in Richardson, Texas.•